07/27/2010 05:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The HOTTEST Study Abroad Destinations (PHOTOS)

While many students travel abroad for academic research or to learn a new language, most go purely to experience a new culture and to have a good time -- plus, there's evidence that the trip could lead to a better GPA. Click through to discover nine of the most popular study abroad destinations from recent years. All statistics come from the Institute of International Education's 2009 report -- see their site for more information.

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The 10 HOTTEST Places to Study Abroad (PHOTOS)